Mark Your Calendars–Week of September 12

So many great opportunities to share this week! Pre-Law workshops, an LSAT scholarship, a new internship listing, and don’t forget to apply for the paid campus legal counsel internships. Take a look.

Pre-Law 101 — Monday, September 12, 4-5pm, 514 IUB

This workshop is designed for incoming students who are new to pre-law or are interested in learning more about it. We will cover: What it means to be pre-law at Illinois, course selection, majors, and extracurriculars, building a pre-law resume, and what law schools are really looking for. We will outline a four year plan to maximize your undergraduate experiences in order to make a great law school candidate. We’ll also take any questions about law school and legal careers. Please reserve a seat by clicking on this link to ensure enough seating and materials for everyone. Each Pre-Law 101 session is the same. Incoming students should attend a Pre-Law 101 session prior to setting up an individual pre-law advising appointment.

Perfecting Your Personal Statement and Resume for Law School — Monday, September 19, 4-5pm, 514 IUB

The personal statement is one of the most difficult yet powerful elements of the law school application. Join us for this workshop, which will cover what the personal statement is, how to prepare for writing it, and some tips and suggestions for making it reflect an applicant’s strengths. We will also discuss how the personal statement and resume can complement each other to create a stronger law school application. Please register by clicking on this link so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone. Each session is the same, so select the one that best suits your schedule.

Upcoming Campus Events and Opportunities

UIUC Pre-Law Honors Society — Applications due TODAY, September 12th!

The Pre-Law Honors Society of the University of Illinois seeks to provide activities and opportunities that will facilitate the needs and wants of pre-law students who have achieved high honors at the undergraduate level. Through such activities PHS strives to further educate members on the requirements and preparation needed to enter a law school as well as any legal profession or arena.

The application deadline for membership in the UIUC Pre-Law Honors Society is Monday September 12th at 5pm. To apply students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3/4.0 and must have completed 30 hours of campus credit prior to initiation (Sophomore status). The link to apply can be found on the PHS official website or on the PHS Facebook page

Community Service & Volunteer Fair–Wednesday, September 14 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm in Illini Union Rooms A, B,C. Bring your i-card! Explore all the different volunteer opportunities on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana community.

Free speech on campus panel discussion–Thursday, September 15 from 12:00pm-1:30 in Illini Union Room A. Join a College of Law panel to learn what the First Amendment actually protects on campus–and what it doesn’t. You’ll also hear diverse perspectives on real-world cases involving conflicts over freedom of speech. Panelists include: Moderator Vikram Amar, Dean of Illinois Law, Akhil Amar, Yale Law School, Jim Anderson, College of Education, and Jason Mazzone, Illinois Law.  Light refreshments will be served.

PAID Internship — UIUC Office of University Counsel — Applications due September 15! The Office of University Counsel seeks 1-2 undergraduate student interns for 2016-2017. This PAID position will provide administrative support to the office, with specific duties outlined in the link provided below. Hours per week will depend upon intern availability. Interns will gain experience working in a legal environment and will also be introduced to legal procedures with the possibility of increased responsibilities over time.

About the office: The Office of University Counsel (OUC) provides legal advice and representation to the university, its administrators/employees, University Related Organizations and others who seek legal advice arising from their official university responsibilities. OUC attorneys provide advice on an extremely wide variety of subjects. The office staff consists of attorneys and staff with unique skills and specialized training, as well as generalists who are well versed in multiple areas of law and policy.

Required: Sophomore, junior, or senior standing; minimum 3.0 GPA; consistent weekly availability. Preference will be given to candidates with availability over breaks.  Applications are due Thursday, September 15! For more information about the position and how to apply, go here: Intern – Urbana – Clerical 2016.

Illinois Abroad Winter Break program applications are due September 15! Do you want to study abroad but you don’t want to be gone over the summer because you’ll be taking the LSAT? Winter break study abroad options are a great alternative! These 2-6 week courses are faculty-led and participants receive automatic Illinois credit. From Argentina to Jordan, the Bahamas to Brazil, South Africa to Hong Kong, this is a great way for pre-law students to study abroad without sacrificing LSAT study time. Check them out here.

The Career Center fall workshop calendar is posted on their website at: If you have not done so already, update your resume, plan your job search or summer internship, and get to know their office and resources. All sessions will be held at the Career Center, 715 S. Wright Street, unless otherwise indicated. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Resume, Cover Letter, & LinkedIn Reviews
    • September 12, 2-4:30 at the Career Center
    • September 12, 7-9 pm at the Undergraduate Library
    • September 13, 2-4:30 at the Career Center 
    • September 13, 5:30-7:30 pm at the IKE (SDRP Building)
    • September 14, 7-9 pm at the Undergraduate Library
  • Selling Your LAS Degree at Career Fairs, September 12, 4 pm in 319 Greg Hall
  • Creating Your Powerful Resume, September 12, 5pm
  • Finding an Internship, September 13, 5 pm
  • Join the Conversation: LinkedIn, September 14, 4pm
  • Build the Skills Employers Want, September 15, 4 pm
  • Pizza & Professionals Lunch Series: Careers in the Fashion Industry, September 16 12-1 pm

Illinois Leadership Center has announced its fall i-programs. Next up: Intersect, on September 24 at 10:00 a.m.  The Intersect Leadership program is designed to help students focus on interpersonal communication and team building. Students who participate will work with fellow students to accomplish team challenge goals. Click here to learn more and to register.

 Upcoming Off Campus Internships, Scholarships and Events

LSAT Scholarship — Diversity Scholarship Foundation — Applications due September 21!

This Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is actively applying to an accredited law school in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Indiana or is a recent graduate with a four-year degree and is taking the LSAT. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA. The award will be sent directly to LSAT or to a law school and/or to a LSAT class provider and/or tutoring for LSAT.  For more information and to apply, click on this link: DSF 2016 Scholarship Application.

Department of State InternshipsApps due Oct. 14

Are you interested in a career as a diplomat? The U.S. Department of State offers students unpaid internships to work in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world and throughout the United States. Must be at least a college junior with minimum 2.5 GPA, U.S. citizen, able to pass a background investigation. All majors accepted. Visit their website here for additional details; you can also subscribe to receive their emails about internship opportunities. Applications are due October 14

Organizing Change Leadership Retreat — Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9, 2016 Join Illinois students from around campus for a free two-day retreat that will build your leadership skills.  Meet students who are active in leading change, and learn how to get involved in the issues that matter to you.

Held at the Lake Williamson all-inclusive retreat near Springfield, Organizing Change features workshops, team building activities, and opportunities to network with other student leaders and staff. Transportation, lodging, and food are provided.  Space is limited. Register for the conference here.

Priority Deadline is Monday, September 26, 2016. Questions? Contact Ross Wantland at or (217) 244-1814.

Illinois Club Scholarships — Applications Due Saturday, October 15!

Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University as well as the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. We now award scholarships in excess of $20,000 each year.

  • Seven-Nine (7-9) combined Make-A-Difference Awards & Isabelle Purnell Education Awards of $2,500
  • One (1) Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $3,400
  • One (1) Global Focus Award of $2,500

You must be an undergraduate, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2017 to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 at both the time of application and winning of award is required. Applicants are evaluated for all awards for which they are eligible. For more information, go here:  To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application here: Interviews with finalists will be scheduled January 21 and 28, 2017.

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Annual Graduate & Professional Student Recruitment Initiative (GPS) Program — Applications due September 16!

The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that it will hold its annual Graduate & Professional Student Recruitment Initiative (GPS) Program on October 16-18, 2016. GPS is Ohio State’s premier diversity recruitment program for students considering post- baccalaureate studies at Ohio State. As a professional program within GPS, the Moritz College of Law will host several students who are interested in attending law school.

Students should be planning to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree following graduation and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a rising senor eligible to graduate by June 2017
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate serious consideration to attend Ohio State
  • Submit an application including:
    • One unofficial transcript
    • A short statement (250 words or less) indicating their research and/or professional interests and why s/he wants to pursue these interests at Ohio State
    • One letter of support from a faculty member
    • CV/resume

Students who are selected by Moritz to attend the GPS Program will have the opportunity to personally see Ohio State and interact with students, faculty and administrators within the law school and the broader university community.  Please encourage one or more of your students to consider submitting an application. Click on the following links to view the  flyer and application for more information regarding this program. GPS 2016 Flyer (3) (002); 2016 GPS Application. 

The GPS application window will remain open until the deadline of September 16 – applications and decisions are on a rolling basis.   Please submit all application materials via email to by no later than the September 16 deadline. 



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